Contrary to popular belief, it wasn’t because lifts were terrifying.
IT TAKES THE EMPIRE STATE Building’s marble-lined elevator approximately one minute to travel almost 1,000 feet up to its 80th floor, where visitors can peruse an exhibit of the building’s history before their final ascent to the observation deck on the 86th floor. The elevator is so fast the electronic numbers whizz by quicker than the display on a stopwatch. But it feels even faster: On the ceiling, an animated display shows the elevator rising at perilous speeds through a whirl of activity—cranes, construction, sitting men balanced perilously on a beam. Full story.
Natasha Frost (Atlas Obscura) / May 31, 2018
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